10 legendary Russian girl groups (VIDEO)

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From Soviet songs about deficits and emigration to modern pop music.


We bet you know this one! This Russian girl group first came onto the scene in 1999 and was considered rather outrageous at the time as the duo claimed to be overflowing with romantic passion for each other, although they later moved away from that image. taTu used to sing in Russian and English and became the first Russian girl group to achieve worldwide fame. In 2003, they won bronze in the Eurovision Song Contest. Nowadays, girls have become women and are more engaged in their personal lives than in music. Here is what happened.

2. Blestyashchie

This group, whose name translates to “Glowing”, was one of the first Russian girl groups. Founded in 1995, they are a classic pop group that sings about relationships and their personal lives. There were around 20 participants in all the different compositions throughout the history of the group, but the general character of their music has not changed. If you’re in the mood to dance, try Blestyashchie.

3. Kombinatsiya

One of the first Soviet groups, Kombinatsiya (“Combination” in English) was founded in 1988 in the city of Saratov and quickly gained popularity throughout the former Soviet Union. And it’s no surprise why: two pretty girls having fun and singing humorous songs about the shortage of goods, low wages and emigration, topics everyone in the region could relate to. era. After 10 years, they stopped recording new albums and focused on their solo careers. However, you can see them every now and then at retro parties.

4. Litsey

The group, whose name means Lyceum, was extremely popular in the mid-90s. Unlike other girl groups, the leaders not only sang but also played guitar and played them well. A notable song about failed relationships, Osen ‘(“Autumn”), was released in 1993 and still airs on radio stations today.

5. Strelki

The group Strelki (“Arrows” in English) had many soloists during the period 1997-2006, but their songs about men committing infidelity and betraying their friends were very popular. That said, the group actually broke up because the women left too often, and many of them are now performing solo in Russia.

6. Manufactures

The three girls in this group all appeared on a Russian talent show called “Fabric of Stars” in 2002, and the show’s producer decided to start a group with them. They mainly sing songs about love based on simple and clear melodies.

7. Mirage

You can still hear them in just about any retro nightclub today, and Mirage was one of the most popular bands of the late Soviet Union. The rhythm of their songs is so infectious that you just can’t stop dancing! Their songs were written in a classic pop style and accompanied by electric instruments. The singers changed from time to time, and many concerts were given in auto-tune, so the audience didn’t particularly notice when the singers changed. Some of the singers went on to become solo musicians, and the old Mirage songs are still famous all over the country!

8. Reflex

Little skirts, tight tops, bright makeup and electro pop, Reflex is a model band from the 2000s! For Russia, this style was new at the time, maybe that’s why this duo became so popular from the start. The main soloist, Irina, even received a “For Merit to the Fatherland” award in 2017.

9. Kolibri

This brilliantly creative quartet – whose name means “Hummingbirds” – first appeared in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the late 1980s. Unlike many other pop groups at the time, Kolibri actually focused on their music, played clever, ironic songs, and didn’t bother pretending to be cover girls. They sometimes performed parodies of other musicians – in a song called “Autumn Yellow List”, for example, they troll Russian pop music using weird illogical phrases and rhymes.

10. Pep-see

Russian St Petersburg funk in the mid-90s in which three ladies in dazzling costumes performed crazy, humorous songs as an alternative to ordinary pop or rock music. They were never as popular as other girl groups, but they gained a lot of fans among the people who wanted “hooligan” music.

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